How about a license that grants the same rights that a Regular/Extended license gives, but for more than one end product?
For a while, Audiojungle was my only source of income. Because I live with my parents even to this day, I didn’t have to worry about paying the bills. I doubt that qualifies as earning a “living” from Audiojungle though.
It’s stories like this that serve to inspire the rest of us.
At first, I thought my API key had expired or something.
I even had one going here called Hidden Gems of Audiojungle.http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/hidden-gems-of-audiojungle-2014/136510
i was under the impression that through sites like aj, you can express yourself musically and be honest about your feelings that you transpose into that music.
perhaps no, aj is for lying to yourself and not being honest about yourself, and being a trained puppy that barks and rolls when told to, in order for the client to buy your music and you making some money.
i thought you can compose what you feel, what your feelings tell you, cand get away with it. but what functions in this royalty free segment has nothing to do (or very little) with, using big words…, art.
Art is art, and business is business. If someone can make these two overlap, more power to them!
Now, if your primary objective is to express yourself artistically then why would you get annoyed or frustrated about the lack of sales? On the other hand, if you want sales then the first step is to understand the market in which you chose to operate. Which of course also implies actually learning from those who are successful (puppies, as you call them).By the way, this is not only true for the music market, do you think our friends from the graphics department are living out their artistic souls everyday? I seriously doubt it.
Every author should ask themselves these questions from time to time:
What am I in this for? The art of business or the business of art? Do I like making music or do I like making sales? If I can do one but not the other, should I work on bridging the two together, or should I move to a line of work that is geared towards the best I can be?
Many people forget the original reason why they decided to go into the line of work they’re now engaged in. My reason for going into sound design was not to make a lot of money, it was to make really awesome sound effects that I could put inside a game and watch them come alive.
Every day, there are forces of influence that turn wonderful artists into mediocre businessmen. I have to guard myself against these forces so that I don’t lose track of what I’m here to do.
We are an open forum, so we do have to be careful how we present ourselves to the buying public as authors.
The key thing here as a general rule is that music has to be commercial for any sales to occur on AJ. I have had a couple of tracks which have had reasonably sustained sales, they are more commerical than many of my others, and they do have different versions and there is also a third which has been picked up by a Videohive author which is less ‘AJ’ but gets sustained sales because of this.
In my first year I felt that the system was a bit unfair, however, I have since come to realise that the more commercial tracks often sell well, with little front page exposure. This doesn’t always happen, and you do have to cross your fingers and hope it doesn’t get approved at the weekend , but the key is a well timed commercially viable track.
I definitely noticed the difference when I was on the front page, there is no doubt that this helps, but we should not get too hung up on front page exposure it can drive sales but so can top quality tracks.
I would love the search facility to be sorted, this I think, is going to cheer many an author up and will help with consistency of sales!Don’t get bitter get busy!
you’re making it sound like in order to get sales you have to produce more commercial tracks? do you realize what you are saying? is this the future you all want? producing commercial ukulele corporate stuff?
sure you could say, “well, if you want to sell, it has to be commercial, as in, commercializing those tracks – selling them”. but the clients only buy what we offer. if we all could take a stand and stop making commercial easy tracks, with fluffy bears and pink dolphins playing ukulele and such, and titling them all with titles like ‘inspirational sunny day corporate track’, or ‘your successful corporation’ or other like that, music would actually be what music should be.have you no artistic dignity?? are you mercenaries?
The challenge we face as authors is not producing music with charm and character, it’s helping others to see the charm and character as well. Some people are brilliant at producing commercial ukulele tracks and to them, that’s the niche they were meant to fill.
I am here to fill a need in magic-themed sound effects. You are here to fill a niche of your own as well. Focus on that, and never mind what the Ukulele people are making. If they’re doing well with songs fit for a saturated market, such as Ukelele tracks, applaud them.
You don’t need to make corporate motivation songs to do well on Audiojungle. I just found out, according to sales statistics, I stand among the top 5% of all Audiojungle authors that have made sales, and my portfolio is mostly full of $1 sound effects!
I don’t know how to make commercially-usable music yet but I do know how to make some really cool magic sounds, and I get much more satisfaction out of magic sounds than anything else, and I think buyers can sense that, based on the quality of the finished work.
Also, here’s a tip I learned about the clues that potential best-sellers leave:
If your new item passes the review and receives POSITIVE feedback from the reviewer, use that as a guide when making more items.
“Sounds good. :)” was one comment I received in a recent submission. I don’t usually get extra feedback on my items (unless they’re rejected of course ). But now I have something to go by and this will help me make better items in the future.
^ The item that received this comment earned me an Extended License sale the day it was posted.
Why not just politely ask the Top Authors what they did to get there and learn from them?